OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
Chopsticks
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Character bento
キャラ弁
Idol
アイドル
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Shinjuku
新宿
Haarii
ハーリー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
Japan
Kinnikuman
Thailand
Summer Wars
Italy
Sengoku Muso
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Tea master
茶道家
HOSHINOYA Kyoto
星のや 京都
Maiko documentary
舞妓
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Japanese knives
包丁
ANREALAGE
アンリアレイジ
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Metal tableware
金属食器
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
Nerhol
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
KYUDO
弓道
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER